NH10

Official release poster

NH10 is a 2015 Indian crime-thriller film directed by Navdeep Singh. It stars Anushka Sharma and Neil Bhoopalam in lead roles, and marks the production debut of Sharma. The film is co-produced by Phantom Films and Eros International. It tells the story of a young couple whose road trip goes awry after an encounter with a group of violent criminals. The film’s title refers to the 403 km long National Highway 10 in India.

NH10 released theatrically on 13 March 2015. The film and Sharma’s performance garnered critical acclaim, and the film emerged as a sleeper hit.[4][5][6]

Plot

The film starts with couple Meera (Anushka Sharma) and Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) going to a party, where Meera gets an urgent work call from office. On the way she is attacked by some street punks who smash her car’s window. Meera manages to escape but is shaken up by the incident. Meanwhile, Arjun suggests a road trip for Meera’s upcoming birthday. The couple heads out the next day. Though reluctant, they continue their journey. While stopping at a roadside Dhaba for lunch, a petrified young girl arrives and pleads for help, saying few men outside are about to kill her. Meera shakes her off. As they wait, they see a gang of men round up the same girl and a boy, beat them savagely and drag them to a SUV. Arjun intervenes but Satbir (Darshan Kumar), the gang leader pushes him, saying that the girl is his sister. As the horrified couple watches, the gang drives off. Despite Meera’s pleading, Arjun drives after the gang. He stops the car near the gang’s vehicle on a deserted area near the highway. There the couple witness a brutal Honor killing of a young boy and the girl Pinky (Kanchan Sharma). Terrified Arjun and Meera attempt to flee but the gang finds them . As the gang digs graves, Satbir shoots Pinky, his sister. Meanwhile a fight ensues and Arjun shoots Chotte, one of the gang member. The gang is enraged and the couple runs for their lives.

At night, the couple suddenly faces one of the gang members. Meera shoots him dead and Arjun gets injured. They make it to a railway bridge where Meera tells Arjun to wait till she gets help. She finds a police station where she asks a police man to help as they have witnessed an Honour killing – at the mention of that word, the cop throws Meera out of the police station. On the way, a senior police officer meets her in his van and starts driving back to where Arjun is . Meera realises that the police officer is with her attackers. She manages to stab him and drives off, with the gang chasing her. As they find her car looking, Meera stumbles off and finds a labourer’s hut on the site. The labourer and his wife protect her from the gang. But they advise her to go to the Chief of nearby village.

Later Meera reaches the village and meets two children and one agrees to take her to the village Chief – his own grandmother Ammaji (Deepti Naval), to whome Meera tells her story. Ammaji’s mood changes the moment she hears of the honour killing and a puzzled Meera looks around to see pillow covers saying ‘Pinky’. Ammaji locks her in the room and calls the gang. They drag her out and beat her in the courtyard. She rushes to the under-bridge to find Arjun has been murdered.

Meera shrieks in grief and rage and returns to the village where she drives the jeep ruthlessly into two gang members, killing them. Then she kills every gang members. Ammaji arrives and gasps, seeing all the men dead. She says Pinky was her own daughter but broke rules and needed to be punished. Meera echoes her words and leaves the village as dawn breaks.

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